Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Sunday Salon: October was...

Autumn colors
Blogging break
Concert season begins
Docks out, ready for winter
Emotional roller coaster: definition of life with 2 high school seniors
Flu shot - ouch!
Group read of Madame Bovary... behind again
The Irresistible Henry House
Kindle or Nook?
Last open house/curriculum night
Maine, again
New oven ordered - 4 month ordeal draws to a close
Old Forge - a beautiful fall day in the Adirondack Mountains
Pumpkin Spice Lattes!
Quiet, please! Stop the annoying political phone calls (don't even get me started on the ads)
Reading time? What reading time?
Snow, but at least it didn't stick
The Mikado
Used book sale with Mom
Visa application to study abroad - Daughter #1 gets fingerprinted
Will Bleak House ever end? 700 pages in and still 289 to go!
eXactly how many colleges have we visited? Wait, don't answer that...
Yes, I know the admission process won't last much longer.
Zelda is hypothyroid? I thought it was just greyhound "coach potato syndrome".

Welcome, November!

My blogging break may continue another week or so, but these ABC monthly reviews are really fun to write. It may become a regular feature...


  1. What a lovely picture, and I love your ABC's. I'm so with you on the Q!

  2. You've already had snow?! I am looking forward to the powdery stuff, but I prefer to wait until November :)

    LOVE the photo - and the ABC roundup is a great review tool.

    Have a happy halloween - and try to find a few minutes to rest and relax during this blogging hiatus.

  3. I love this! And trust me, I understand where you are coming from. My kids aren't headed for college yet, but we are in the process of shopping high schools (yes we have to do that here). I can't believe you are still dealing with the oven!!!!! Personally, I think life may get slower for the month of January. Looking forward to it.

  4. I am sick of all the election stuff...especially the mailers. I can't believe all the junk mail this year!

    Happy November!

  5. Oh, I love your photos...both the one at the top of this blog post, and the one in your header.

    Your ABC themed month in review is wonderfully creative.

    Love it!

    Here's my salon:

    Click my name...

  6. I like how much you can say just in a simple ABC! Hope your November will be great!

  7. I like this month summary format! Very clever. Sounds like a busy month!

  8. Fun and you do it well! Your post looks so serene that I almost did not realize the hectic nature of some of those components. Keep enjoying that break and make some more reading time for yourself. In a nice quiet spot. When things get crazy for me, I often start wondering when people will please stop talking to me. :)

  9. Your alphabets are poetic, the way they say so much.

  10. Yes...make them a regular feature. I love how original it is and I got a very clear snapshot of your and all!

  11. JoAnn...this post told us so much about your month. Hope November is much more relaxed for you, and HUG Zelda for me.....poor baby.

  12. I used to live in the Adirondacks. Great place to visit but wasn't crazy about it year-round.

  13. Pumpkin spice lattes! I love them too and always look forward to fall when they come back again.

  14. It sounds like you've had quite a lot on your plate lately! I hope life calms down soon. Happy Halloween and happy November!

  15. What a great way to revisit the month. Happy Halloween!

  16. So impressed that you can alphabetise this - I must have a pumpkin spice latte one day.

  17. Rhapsody - Looking forward to the quiet after tomorrow night!

    Molly - We ended up with a snowy Halloween, too!

    Sandy - I'm afraid you're right about the January part...

    Softdrink - A lot more junk mail here, too... think that's all that comes from the USPS these days :-(

    Laurel-Rain - Snow - Thank you, I enjoy writing these!

    Leeswammes - It's like a little writing exercise, but such fun!

    Erin - A busy and emotionally draining month... on to November :-)

    Frances - I just keep telling myself this is all temporary. BTW, I'm LOVING Madame Bovary... never would have thought it would be so much better this time!

    Lynne - Thank you!!

    Staci - Look for another one at the end of November!

    Diane - Zelda feels much better after just a few days of medicine...she's not too happy with today's snow though!

    EL Fay - The Adirondacks were perfect on that fall day,,, not sure about mid-February though!

    Carolyn - I always look forward to the return of pumpkin spice, too!

    Nymeth - Life is sure to quiet down soon... I hope!

    Gavin - Happy Halloween to you, too!

    Verity - Alphabetizing gives me a little challenge! You must try a pumpkin spice latte.

  18. I love watching your header photo change over the year. Fun monthly wrap up! Enjoy the break.

  19. I really like your ABC-monthly overviews. It looks like you had a lot on your plate and I hope November is an "easier" month for you!

  20. You like writing the ABCs and I like reading them. It's amazing how much you can tell about your life at present via only 26 lines. I really like the picture too.

  21. Beth F - Thanks! The break is mostly to readjust my own blogging expectations.

    Iris - I think the ABC monthly reviews are here to stay.

    Thanks, Margot! In some ways this seems like a writing exercise, but it's a lot of fun.

  22. I love these ABC roundups. I'm thinking about copying :)

  23. Stacybuckeye - You're more than welcome to copy... the ABC roundup seems especially appropriate for you now!

  24. That picture is so gorgeous--love the fog and the colors.

    And Pumpkin Spice Lattes! I totally agree (though looking forward to Peppermint now!).

    Concert season? What kind of concerts?

  25. Trish - Not much longer to wait for the peppermint mochas... I love those, too! It's the high school concert season. The first one featured HS concert choir (Twin B sings), along with the Community Band and the college chorale. The rest of the orchestra, band, singing groups will have concerts between now and early January.


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